Burton, 'He is making it real appealing...'

2016 Gardena (Calif.) Serra athlete Brandon Burton discusses USC and his childhood dream...


Video, Burton wears No. 21 in white during Serra's spring game...

2016 Gardena (Calif.) Serra safety Brandon Burton is up to eight scholarship offers including USC, UCLA, Florida, Florida State, Utah and Colorado.

The 6-foot 180-pound four-star prospect tells Scout a few more programs are in hot pursuit.

"Recruiting me the hardest, there are a couple schools recruiting me pretty hard," explained Burton. "Hometown schools USC and UCLA. Then out of states, Michigan is recruiting me hard and also Alabama is recruiting me hard."

Through the spring evaluation period, Burton says there was a parade of schools stopping by Serra to see him and his talented teammates.

"Coming by to see me was Oregon, Colorado, Alabama, Michigan, FSU came by a couple times, Oregon State, and USC has been by a couple times," he said.

Burton is being recruited by USC receivers coach Tee Martin. Martin made the quick trip across Los Angeles to Serra twice during the evaluation period. Burton says he is being recruited to play mostly on the offensive side of the ball.

Burton explained, "[Martin] is just telling me everything, ‘Come over to USC, the hometown school. We have that pipeline coming over there from Serra, the receiver tradition there.'"

"He is making it real appealing to me."

The Serra to USC pipeline includes current NFL receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. "I think about that because most definitely USC puts – they put the most Hall of Famers, most players in the league. So it's appealing to me," Burton said. Other former Serra Cavaliers now at USC include receiver George Farmer as well as freshmen Jalen Greene, Olajuwon Tucker, and Adoree Jackson.

"It was a dream growing up in LA, everybody wanted to go to SC and I was one of those," said Burton. "Watching back from the younger years, Pete Carroll how he had the whole team fired up, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart… Now that they got Coach [Steve Sarkisian] they can get back in it."

Though USC may be an early favorite in the recruitment of Burton, he says he is open to playing college football anywhere in the country. "I am most definitely interested in going away," he said. "Honestly, I'm just looking to go anywhere where I'm going to play early, there's a great program and great tradition and they want me to play for them."

Burton still hopes to land offers from Oregon, Washington, and Arizona.

He plans to camp this summer at USC, UCLA, Colorado, and Alabama.

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